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CES 2011: Westinghouse LCD TV lineup adds Internet model

Consumer Reports News: January 13, 2011 03:58 PM

The Westinghouse VR6025Z LCD TV
Photo: Westinghouse

Westinghouse Digital, which promised an all-LED LCD TV lineup late last year, will still have conventionally lit CCFL LCD sets in the 2011 based on the TV lineup it showed us at CES last week.

But the company's line of TVS, which now range in size from 26 to 60 inches, includes the first Westinghouse LCD TV to offer access to Web-based content. During CES, Westinghouse unveiled seven new energy-efficient models with LED backlights, plus three CCFL-based sets.

The new LED models all use edge LED backlights and feature 120Hz frame rates. The flagship model is the 60-inch LD-6080Z ($1,500), a 1080p model that arrives in March. A 46-inch model (LD-4655VX, $900), available this month, has similar features, plus an audio chip tuned by Yamaha, the company says. Many of the same features (minus the Yamaha audio) can be found in another 46-inch set (WC-4605), the first Westinghouse TV to offer access to Internet-based content, including streaming movies from Netflix and Vudu.

Other LED-based models include the 42-inch LD-4280 ($630), which arrives in February, and the 40-inch LD-4080 ($600), which hits in March. Both are 1080p sets that have slim (1.25-inch-deep) designs and 120Hz technology. Other models available in February include the 32-inch LD-3260 ($370), a low-priced 720p set, and the 26-inch LD-2680 ($300), a 1080p set that can double as a computer monitor.

While Westinghouse planned to get out of the CCFL TV business, it appears the company needed to hit key price points to get into Best Buy, which is now carrying these sets. The three new CCFL models, which all have 1080p resolution, include the 60-inch VR-6025Z ($1,200) and the 55-inch VR-5585DFZ ($1,000) sets. Both sets have 120Hz technology. They're joined by the 46-inch VR-4085DF ($450), a 60Hz model. The 40- and 55-inch TVs are available now, and the 60-inch set arrives in April.

In addition to meeting Energy Star guidelines, the new Westinghouse LED TVs feature eco-efficient packaging made of recycled and recyclable materials, as well as soy-based inks.

—James K. Willcox

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